Youth Leaders Mosque Materials

This is a set of materials developed to provide Mosques with information and materials around COVID-19 prevention. Includes a short book, video, flyer, poster, and banner.

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    RCCE Guide for Community Health Workers, Volunteers, and Social Mobilizers

    This Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Guide serves as a guide for community health workers (CHWs), volunteers, and social mobilizers in communicating with people on COVID-19 and helping them protect themselves and others from the virus. This guide contains importance of community engagement during health crisis, how to talk to people in the community, how to protect yourself and others while on duty, and key messages that need to be conveyed to the community and to specific audience groups.

    Using the guide, Department of Health, in partnership with USAID Breakthrough ACTION, UNICEF, and WHO conducted RCCE online trainings via Zoom to CHWs, volunteers, and social mobilizers.

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      Frequently asked Questions on Vaccines and Breastfeeding

      These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed jointly by the IFE Core Group, UNICEF, and the COVID-19 Infant Feeding Working Group based on the most recent World Health Organisation (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE).

      Source: Frequently asked Questions on Vaccines and Breastfeeding

        Vaccine Messaging Guide

        This Guide was developed by the Yale Institute of Global Health and the UNICEF Demand for Immunization team. It is intended for public health professionals, communicators, advocates and anyone else who wishes to create pro-vaccine content to motivate people to vaccinate themselves and their entourage.

        An increasing body of formative research has identified a complex mix of determinants of people’s vaccine decisions, however there remains a paucity of implementation research that has applied these insights to the design and testing of messaging interventions.

        Every recommendation herein is based on the current evidence, but the authors encourage users to test all content for behavior-related outcomes.

        Source: Vaccine Messaging Guide

          The Little Jab Book: 18 Behavioral Science Strategies for Increasing Vaccination Uptake

          While the COVID-19 vaccines have given the world hope that the pandemic’s end is in sight, we now face another challenge: ensuring enough people actually get vaccinated to quell the disease.

          The Little Jab Book provides 18 strategies – derived from the behavioral sciences – that can be applied to increase uptake throughout the vaccination process.

          It also includes a primer on important formative research to conduct, and barriers to consider, before adapting the strategies for the reader’s own context. Led by Save the Children’s Center for Utilizing Behavioral Insights for Children (CUBIC), the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, and Common Thread, The Little Jab Book highlights case studies from previous vaccination programs around the world, and is based on interviews and insights from a dozen global behavioral science and health experts.

          Source: The Little Jab Book: 18 Behavioral Science Strategies for Increasing Vaccination Uptake

            Can Technology Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Rates?

            The WHO Digital Health Flagship initiative has stated that digital technology could play a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic by improving communications between people and health services, empowering individuals and patients, and strengthening critical public health functions including disease surveillance. The authors of this article ask whether technology also help build trust and promote vaccination within communities that are most at risk.

            Source: Can Technology Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Rates?

              Misinformation Alerts (Canada)

              These insights are based on a combination of automated media monitoring and manual review by public health data analysts. Media data are publicly available data from many sources, such as social media, broadcast television, newspapers and magazines, news websites, online video, blogs, and more.

              Public health data analysts from the PGP (The Public Good Projects) triangulate this data along with other data from fact checking organizations and investigative sources to provide an accurate, but not exhaustive, list of currently circulating misinformation.

              Recommendations are provided, organized into three categories:

              • Ignore: Focus on current communications priorities.
              • Passive Response: Be prepared to address if directly asked, and in certain cases consider updating FAQ’s and info sheets addressing common myths and misperceptions. Otherwise, continue to focus on current communications priorities.
              • Direct Response: Directly address this misinformation.

              Source: Misinformation Alerts (Canada)

              Why Vaccine Inequality is our Biggest COVID-19 Communication Challenge Yet

              This paper explores the global south’s inequity of access to COVID-19 vaccines and related communication challenges. The paper also questions how we can split our focus to, on one hand, engage with communities to ensure they understand how vaccine prioritization will be made, to also then manage expectations of access, while still addressing the perception that the pandemic is over when vaccination begins.

              Source: Why Vaccine Inequality is our Biggest COVID-19 Communication Challenge Yet

                Innoculating against COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

                The authors of this article state that confronting COVID-19 vaccine misinformation necessitates pre-emptive action to “immunize the public against misinformation”—a process that draws on the concept of psychological inoculation.

                Source: Innoculating against COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

                  COVID-19 in Africa: The Nuances of Social Distancing and Handwashing

                  The increasing spread of COVID-19 has necessitated enforcement of frequent hand washing, social distancing and lockdown measures as a recommended global strategy to curb community-based spread of the disease. However, pre-existing conditions in Africa impede capacity to observe hand hygiene, social distancing and lockdown.

                  Compliance with social distancing and handwashing is challenging in Africa due to poor urban planning in densely populated communities, food insecurity, water shortages, inadequate healthcare infrastructure, unemployment and lack of funding. The aim of this article is to unveil current challenges with social distancing and handwashing in Africa and propose innovative solutions to prevent community-based COVID-19 transmission.

                  Source: COVID-19 in Africa: The Nuances of Social Distancing and Handwashing